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imsys0042

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  1. I personally don't like there being more than 2 captains picks. They were a way to bring someone in who might help the team gel, even if other people were in better form ; or they were people who were peaking 1 - 2 months prior to the event and were not in the top ten. IIRC the US side wanted more captains' picks to avoid people who had a lot of points but were in not so great form around the event. Usually they got a lot of their points in the prior year. That's a good and sound strategy. However since points are awarded for the large part of two years you have to make do with what you get. Having 1/3 of the team be selections is kind of crummy if you ask me. Kuchar and Holmes seem pretty solid to me. Fowler doesn't have a great match play record but he's enthusiastic.
  2. I've played several. Blue Heron and Sand Barrens are supposed to be really nice. I played the latter, but only knew of Blue Heron by repute. Twisted Dune has a nice reputation and the Seaview courses are supposed to be nice. I think they used to play the LPGA Shop Rite tourney there. Sea Oaks is the only other one around there that I played and I loved that.
  3. The first version I had, putting was a little too easy. The second version I had, it was horrible. This was on the Wii and I had some type of extension to provide better accuracy on the controller. I didn't last three holes with it. Normal controller the putting was too hard. A 8 foot putt that broke more than a little was impossible, more so that real life! For the number of shots made in a game, they need many more comments. It was very repetitive. It gets grating if you play more than a couple of times per week. I agree about the older games. I think they were better and the custom options for your golfer got worse as time went on. Less things to customize. I saw that one too but didn't look into it enough. I'll have to give it a second look. Thanks!
  4. Since the watch has the ability to pair with bluetooth headphones it's the perfect thing to have when you want to leave your phone behind when you go for a run, or even golf. What I like about it is that I can leave my phone in the bag but still get notifications on my wrist. I'm not a big phone talker so I don't really care that it can't make calls. However I frequently text by talking to Siri on my watch. It usually works well and it's great for the course where I don't have to pull my phone out. I have a 6 Plus iPhone, I love the screen, but I would never keep it in my pocket while I play because it is bulky to carry. The best thing about fall is that jackets have pockets. In fact for the core functions that I use the phone for, I can get the notifications that I need with my phone within bluetooth range. Now considering that wifi HW keeps getting more compact, I could see untethering from the iPhone with a wifi Apple watch. Since connecting wifi networks is generally one time and you can re-connect to networks, anytime you are around a known wifi it could connect and then instead of a phone network, you get everything thru standard wifi. I don't know how much bigger the watch would have to be for wifi, but it's a neat idea.
  5. I could see that. Xbox One has an insane patching system. I got my console yesterday and spent an hour doing patches and updates on the console. Then the controller. Then I put in Halo 5 and it was updating when I went to sleep. New courses being added should be easy... I'd be ok with a small number of courses as long as the game play is good. The old PC versions had 5 or 6 (then you could add on) and the fantasy courses are neat too.
  6. Would be great if they pranked a couple of guys with this. "Yeah, we are all going to do it!" and then like one guy does it because he wasn't in on the joke...
  7. I didn't see anything from a search, but has anyone played the new EA Rory golf game? I was thinking about getting it for Xbox One but before I pulled the trigger I read some reviews that the game had some issues. I stopped playing the earlier version (Tiger from several years ago) because the putting drove me crazy. The prior EA Tiger version to that one was awesome, I really liked that. And you felt like you really accomplished something when you beat Tiger at the end in a match.
  8. I'm 43 and not near 60 yet but I did want to chime in that it all depends on what shape you are in. There are a number of people 55-60 where I play who hit the ball quite long and they keep themselves in shape. A man late 50s won the first flight of our CC this year and is a 3 or 4 handicap who hits the ball very well. Couple of years ago he was an 8.
  9. I would say that he was walking back to the cart where his buddy was farting around with his phone, but he was walking directly down the fairway instead of diagonally back towards the cart. Too far for a divot. I was well to the right of him anyway, but man, pair of stupid dopes. Their cart was blocked by a couple of trees but I stepped aside to try and see where they both were when I saw the first one walking after I hit.
  10. Personally I don't care, but you'll find people who think that they are the golf equivalent of a nerd's pocket protector. I rarely see them these days, although I saw them more 20-30 years ago. Where I currently play we have gas carts which are loud. so I don't hear the clubs rattle. My carry bag for when I get to walk doesn't have a ton of room, so things tend to stay in place and not jostle around. And the dings and scratches on my irons are signs of a lot of play and even with covers, they will get dinged up from shots on the course. I hope that one day I will start top wear away the sweet spot on my irons, so I enjoy how they weather over time. That said, I can see going crazy constantly hearing the clubs ding around and if you like to try and keep them in a newer looking state then go for it. WRT rust I would say that if you leave the clubs after playing and water gets under the cover then potentially it might rust. I know shafts can rust, but I don't know if current irons will. I would wipe the clubs down when you are done and don't put the covers back on until they are dry. Neoprane should be flexible. Years ago they were a lot more rigid and could be a pain to get on and off. Don't get anything rigid and maybe something other than black (my preference) to jazz up the bag a little bit? Failing neoprane then something with a nice leather look.
  11. This happened to me over the weekend and this thread came up in the search. I wasn't aware that you could take relief in the manner described above. I ended up taking over a dozen attempts and found somewhere very near the spot, but I would have done better going to where it was the nearest point on a flatter area. I basically found a tuft of grass and that was enough to get it to hold. Of course that meant I had a very awkward stance and three putted. :(
  12. If there is a course that you like then strike up a conversation with the people behind the counter. Ask about the difference in price between online and calling and see if they would be happy to give you the better rate since you are interested in playing there sometimes. Courses are like many smaller stores, they are happy to work with you for your business.
  13. I say this mostly tongue in cheek....but No. Just No. Back away from them in the store and just run the other way....
  14. Before joining this site and following more golf news outside of my game I generally gave TM drivers and woods first look. I really liked the TiBubble 2 and the Firesole drivers. I kept the Firesole for many years. Several years ago, in a vacuum, I just felt that they were always coming out with something "revolutionary" and it just couldn't be true. I do believe that their technology used to be really good. The missteps listed here are news to me, but strikes me as trying to keep pumping the numbers up. I honestly think that a company with the resources and global scope that TM has can support both multiple product lines and yearly release cycles. I never got a sense if any of their products were tiered for players of differing abilities or if there was a certain need any club was trying to fill. Or even a lower/middle/high end pricing schema. It seemed like they were throwing clubs at golfers every few months. I also went to Titleist woods and have been very happy. Price does not equate to quality, however usually higher priced items command those prices for a reason. I am able to buy my woods from ebay (irons and wedges need to be adjusted for length and lie) and the Titleist clubs command high prices 2-3 years after release for what I see.
  15. Twitter has it's uses, but it's a terrible platform because it allows people to be anonymous. It just encourages miserable or hateful people to troll. A golf writer is a member at my club and he feels the same way. When someone is anonymous they just are hateful. If someone disagrees with him he gets horrible things thrown his way.
  16. So I am back to being a broken record. I had the chance to get an extra round in yesterday and grabbed a free time at 8:30am. I didn't see anyone I knew so I got my stuff together and headed to the tee. There was a twosome in front of me, and a twosome in front of them. I play the first 3 holes w/o issue. 4th hole for some reason one of the people in front of me walked 40 yards back from being well out of range to somewhere where a good crack could hit them. Then they just started being so stupid slow. With someone behind them they both seemed to go to both balls and talk before swinging. Couple of times one of them would miss a putt and they would pull it back and do it again. They would take one club from their cart and walk to their ball...and then go back and get a different club (it was cart path only). Generally nothing over the top but a lot of things that made them slow. They didn't wait on a shot until 9. They are a twosome with generally no waiting and I am taking my time and I waited at least 5 minutes per swing. So at the turn I've just had enough and decided to bag it if there wasn't any other slot. There really wasn't so I go "Please just refund me for 9 holes. Anything is better than being behind those morons." I didn't realize that there were other members on the other side of the pro shop because I heard laughing. I told them what those two were like and they agreed they just were kind of a-holes or clueless dimwits. Anyway, my thing is either wave me up to play. Or through. Or (regardless of whether I am a single or a foursome) don't do stupid things that cause delays. It's just rude to not be considerate of the people behind you. Like I said, it wasn't like they had a slow hole. They were just doing a number of things that would hold people up.
  17. I'd laugh if it was something like The Insane Clown Posse. Or Lawrence Welk! Equally funny....
  18. Reminds me of Lewis Black remarking that the Pledge of Allegiance is coffee for kids. It wakes you up in the morning. Very often these things are started and decades later no one understands how they got started. Nothing wrong with it either way.
  19. I have no problem with any group, course or organization adopting something that changes the OB rule as part of me would love for it to not be as penal. However to me the point of OB being a more severe penalty is that you are off the golf course, hence you are in a different situation than many hazards where you could potentially play the ball. I've played places where hitting OB is as easy as hitting into a hazard. However the OB is where you are not allowed to play from. That means if you have a hazard on one side of the hole and OB on the other, your miss is the hazard and having tiered penalty based on shot result is appropriate within the game of golf. I'd prefer to not have anyone take a drop from OB stake, but for pace of play and deciding to play that way it's fine if all agree and don't post the score for handicap purposes.
  20. Don't say that in Princeton....
  21. I think Kostis makes good points, and I agree with him on all points. I agree that HD evidence that would show an infraction but it was not assessed is a disaster. However it was a disaster at both the men's and women's US Opens for varying reasons. And when more enhanced resolutions and camera angles get even better it's going to cause more argument and concern. Unfortunately these issues come up because there are too many people who abuse the rules and it affects other competitors who are honest. There are people at every club who won't play in many tournaments because of rampant cheating. I played with someone who stated that on Monday. In response rules are made that punish the innocent (singles).
  22. Where I caddied as a kid there was a greens keeper who was in the process of spraying something on the greens. It required watering or the greens would get badly burnt. He thought it was going to rain the night after they sprayed five greens late in the afternoon. It didn't rain and he also became unemployed for the damage done to the greens.
  23. I'd say that it's more than someone got around to having a class like that. Every generation has had people who are nothing but overgrown children. I just don't understand the hate that some people have for participation trophies. Why not give them out, especially if the kid is not the best at the sport or activity, but stuck with it and didn't quit. It doesn't mean as much as winning, nor should it. For some people putting in the effort, not giving up, or even doing moderately well at something that they aren't attuned to is worth something. For people who disagree with it, just explain to your children why you feel that way and give your opinion. I can see why some people don't like them, but I hardly think they are for ridicule. I think it also comes from the theory that positive re-enforcement for doing something right is preferred to more negative approaches. aka, praise someone when they do something right instead of highlighting a negative (you didn't win so it's nothing worth anything).
  24. My decision would depend on how the course worded it and what the repercussions were. I played at a course that had something like this. If no one was in danger, we would take the shot. If people could be hit, we wouldn't. It's a fault of the course design, but in our case they only had so much land available. The pro there was a pretty mellow guy and if you were a serious player or decent person he trusted you to do the right thing. The problem is that it was a semi-private course and you can't count on the general public being smart enough to always do the right thing. Hence the restriction. Slightly off-topic, but since it's mentioned above. My home course has a lot of artificial OB for pace of play and I've played two balls when in a situation where it's clearly golf course property but OB. I post the score with the OB penalty, however my feeling is that what I really shot is the non-OB ball. It's clearly wrong to make such places as OB and I feel they are doing a disservice to players in making it such. However the course was rated based on it, so I feel I have to post the OB penalty score.
  25. Had exactly 78 yards to the pin yesterday, uphill. Hit a smooth sand wedge to 79 yards and a bit left of the pin. I doubt my gap wedge is viable for this shot unless I choke down and shorten my swing.
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